Madness in South Africa and Nigeria
Sir: The difference of African Ancestral Heritage in Christian Interpretations (MoreBooks, Amazon.com, etc), is that in it, I did not twist what traditional Africans believe. I took time to interview African elders who were in the position to know and who knew the meaning of African heritages. In America, I interviewed Rabbi Javna in Brooklyn, on how the Jews honour their ancestors/ancestresses, and he told me, inter alia, that synagogues “are” fuller on memorial service day than any other day, annually. Regrettably, African children are taught in schools, churches and mosques that their ancestors/ancestresses were demonic idolaters who perpetrated human sacrifice, even though there are no worse idolaters and human killers than predators of Christianity and Islam who wage crusade and jihadist wars and drain people of money in “House of God.”
Not long ago, some South Africans were attacking some Nigerians in South Africa, burning and looting their businesses. Some Nigerian youths threatened to retaliate by burning some South African establishments in Nigeria. I intervened saying that the interests of very many Nigerians would be affected, and the youths relented. But not long afterwards, some South Africans have gone wild again, looting and burning some Nigerian businesses and setting ablaze the Nigerians who owned the businesses. The Yoruba say you may need the mad person within to attack the mad person from without, even though two wrongs cannot make a right thing. The most painful aspect is the South African police officer, seen in a video saying that foreigners have taken-over their own country, with the implication that the criminals have official backing. Any wonder that so much lawlessness was allowed to go on for so long. However, you view it, the xenophobic attacks are backed by the South Africa rulers. The government of South Africa and the hooligans should know that their own country does not have a monopoly of “bad boys.”
My message is not a threat but a warning to left and right for caution. In Nigeria, the Fulani Muslim imperialists thought that they could be using Nigeria’s presidential powers to suppress Islamic sects, in accordance with the Qur’anic injunction that “disapproves of sects and divisions,” against Nigeria’s Constitution that guarantees religious liberty and freedom of association. And so, in 2009, they took undue advantage of the presidency of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to attack the Boko Haram Islamic sect-community of men, women and children that did not attack anybody until attacked. Since then till now, Nigeria has been experiencing unprecedented carnage and economic annihilation. She is now a shadow of what the former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) left behind. With what is going on in South Africa, that country is heading for her economic downturn should she lose Nigeria’s patronage of her economic establishments in Nigeria.
Even with all the killings being perpetrated by the Muslim and Christian imperialists in Nigeria, the population still overwhelms South Africa, severally, as the largest market in Africa.
Even America is looking for competitive investors. But if you feel overwhelmed by foreign investors; is killing foreigners the reasonable way out? If killing Nigerians, looting and burning their shops persist, no government will be able to control retaliation by Nigeria’s “bad boys” oh! Look at what Boko Haram is doing to governmental terrorism: resisting it, and sometimes dealing horrible and shameful blows even to the Army, 2009 till date. One day Nigeria will have another President like OBJ, who can maintain peace for progress. Governmental cum official irresponsibility in South Africa is responsible for recurrent xenophobic attacks.
Prof. Ọlọjẹẹde Oyeniran Abiọjẹ wrote from University of Ilorin.